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December


30th

• Iceland Gull (Ad), Ayr, Ayrshire.

 

Iceland Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Ivory Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

24th

• Ivory Gull (1st-w), Loans, Ayrshire.

23rd

• Ross's Gull (1st-w), Ormsary, Loch Caolisport, Argyll.

 

Ross's Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Barrow's Goldeneye ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

22nd

• Barrow's Goldeneye (Ad m), River Teith, Callander, Forth.

18th

• Black-eared Kite & Little Auk, Snettisham, Norfolk.

17th

• Great Northern Diver, Brent Reservoir, London.

3rd

• Ring-billed Gull, Isle of Dogs, London.

Ring-billed Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Ring-billed Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

 

 

November


17th

• Goosander (13), Kay Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

Goosander ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Goosander ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Goosander (Mergus merganser) · Kay Park · Ayrshire

The past few winters have seen a few Goosanders turn up in the unlikely location of Kay Park pond - a unasuming municipal feature near the town centre of Kilmarnock. These large sawbills probably originate from the River Irvine. This morning produced a surprising 13 birds! Three adult drakes and 10 redheads. I haven't checked out the possibility that the ducks use Kay Park pond as a roost site but this may be true since two important roost sites (Craufurdland and Northcraig Reservoir) have been lost to 'modernisation'/development. Weather was overcast and rainy so just a few record shots posted here.

 

5th

• Yellow-legged Gull, Kensington Gardens, London.

Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

Individual showing some characteristics of Larus michahellis atlantis (Azorean Yellow-legged Gull) still present on the Longwater in central London.

 

Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

 

October


15th

• Yellow-legged Gull, Kensington Gardens, London.

Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Yellow-legged Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Unusual individual showing extensive head streaking for Larus michahellis on the Longwater in central London. Found by Des McKenzie.

 

 

September


14th

• Little Owl, Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London. Also a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth.

 

 

3nd

Little Egret ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Little Egret ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) in the East London Docklands · East India Dock Basin

 

 

August


30 Jul - 13 Aug

• Arizona, USA: Aztec Thrush, Elegant Trogon, California Condor, Common Black-Hawk, Wild Turkey

• Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Lesser Nighthawk, Berylline Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird

• Gila Woodpecker, Arizona Woodpecker, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird,

• Tropical Kingbird, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Western Scrub-Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Juniper Titmouse

• Mexican Chickadee, Cactus Wren, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla,

• Painted Redstart, Red-faced Warbler, Pyrrhuloxia, Varied Bunting & Painted Bunting.

 

California Condor ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Broad-billed hummingbird ©2006 Fraser Simpson

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) & Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)

• [Trip Report] coming soon... meanwhile a short note on [Fraser's Birding Blog]

• More Arizona Bird Photographs here.

 

 

 

July


23rd

• Purple Hairstreak at Shallochwreck Burn, Ayrshire.

22nd

• Scotch Argus (5) at Changue, & Northern Brown Argus at Pinbain Burn, Ayrshire.

16th

• 21 spp of dragonfly at Thursley Heath, Surrey inc Brilliant Emerald, Keeled Skimmer,

• Small Red Damselfly, Beautiful Demoiselle & White-legged Damselfly.

• Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Silver-washed Fritillary & White Admiral.

1st

• Isle of May, Fife: Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Arctic TernShag, Eider, etc.

Puffin ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Guillemot ©2006 Fraser Simpson

 

June


25th

• Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (47) at Allantonplains Wood, Ayrshire.

• Large Heath (21) at Corsehouse Reservoir, Ayrs.

23rd-24th

• Ayrshire Midsummer Bird Race highlights: King Eider, Long-eared Owl, Little Tern,

• Manx Shearwater, Tree Sparrow, Grasshopper Warbler, Crossbill & Black Guillemot.

18th

• Spoonbill, Walthamstow Reservoirs, London.

• Also Hobby, Kingfisher, Banded Demoiselle and Emperor Dragonfly.

Spoonbill ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Spoonbill ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) · Walthamstow Reservoirs · London

On the island on the East Warwick basin. It roosted most of the time I was there but did wake up once and snap at a passing gull.

 

17th

• The very confiding, displaying Nightjar still outside Teddington Station, London, 2135-2300h.

Nightjar ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Nightjar ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Male Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) · Teddington · London

This star performing bird has been present in Teddington, a suburb of south-west London, since early June at least. Remarkable in many ways, the bird is out of habitat and extremely confiding as it hawks up and down a fairly busy street under lamp posts. It churrs and utters frog-like calls from roads signs, garden trees and roof tops and chases cars and dive-bombs cyclists. It almost perched on my head!

 

• Little Owl, Bushy Park, London.

16th

• Dawn chorus in Sunny Hill Park, London:

Chronology of first song

    Species

    2005

    Song Thrush

    0324h

    Blackbird

    0327h

    Robin

    0335h

    Carrion Crow

    0345h

    Wren

    0346h

    Wood Pigeon

    0420h

    Chaffinch

    0424h

    Great Tit

     

    0428h

11th

• Dawn chorus in Dean Country Park, Ayrshire:

Chronology of first song

 

    Species

    2006

    2005

    Song Thrush

    0320h

    0320h

    Carrion Crow

    0324h

    0325h

    Robin

    0334h

    0325h

    Mistle Thrush

    0336h

    0337h

    Blackbird

    0340h

    0334h

    Wren

    0358h

    0404h

    Wood Pigeon

    0407h

    0407h

    Goldcrest

    0411h

    0329h

    Chaffinch

    0424h

    0426h

    Great Tit

     

    0454h

       -

• Orange Tip (18) along River Irvine between Dreghorn & Shewalton, Ayrshire.

• Painted Lady (7), Kilmarnock-Dreghorn cyclepath, Ayrshire.

10th

• Large Skipper (12), Northern Brown Argus (3), Wall (6), Painted Lady (3), Silver-Y (37+),

• Common Blue (1), Small Copper (1), Common Hawker (1) at Pinbain Burn, Ayrshire.

• Northern Brown Argus (1), Wall (6) & Large Skipper (2) at Bennane Lea/Head, Ayrshire.

• Wall & Four-spotted Chaser at Shallochwreck Burn, Ayrshire.

2nd- 9th

• Redstart, Dipper, Woodcock, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler, CrossbillKindrogan Field Centre,    Perthshire [Trip Report]

 

• Dawn chorus at Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire:

Chronology of first song

 

    Species

    2006

    2005

    2004

    Song Thrush

    0305h

    0315h

    0315h

    Robin

    0309h

    0307h

    0306h

    Blackbird

    0312h

    0323h

    0314h

    Spotted Flycatcher

    0327h

    0325h

    0340h

    Garden Warbler

    0330h

       -

    0331h

    Goldcrest

    0337h

    0329h

    0331h

    Wren

    0340h

    0337h

    0336h

    Willow Warbler

    0342h

    0338h

       -

    Treecreeper

    0352h

    0402h

    0403h

    Chaffinch

    0353h

    0357h

    0405h

    Blackcap

     

    0353h

       -

       -

 

5th

• Ring Ouzel (pr) & Red Grouse on Ben Vrackie, Perthshire.

 

 

May


6th

• Temminck's Stint, Little Stint, Garganey, Cetti's Warbler, Little TernTitchwell RSPB, Norfolk.

   Read more on my blog

 

 

Apr


30th

• Sedge Warbler singing & Peregrine overhead, Tower Hill underground station, Tower of London.

• Blackcap singing, Hungerford Bridge, Victoria Embankment, London.

29nd

• Hobby & Avocet (2), Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail &  Little Ringed PloverLondon Wetland Centre.

Avocet ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Sand Martin ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Avocet (Recurvirostra avocetta) & Sand Martins (Riparia riparia)

One of two Avocets present for several days (will they stay to breed?) on the reserve and some of the breeding flock of Sand Martins which have been attracted to breed in the artificial bank at the Barn Elms reserve.

 

22nd -23rd

• King Eider (Ad m), Irvine Harbour mouth, Ayrshire.

King Eider ©2006 Fraser Simpson  King Eider ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Adult male King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) · Irvine · Ayrshire

This spectacular Arctic sea duck has been off Irvine Harbour mouth for a couple of weeks now. Nice of it to wait around. It is more than likely that it is the individual that winters in Loch Ryan in Dumfries & Galloway and has stopped off on the Ayrshire coast in spring for the last few years now.

 

9th-16th

• Tenerife: Laurel Pigeon, Bolle's Pigeon, Blue Chaffinch, Plain Swift, Atlantic Canary,

• Canary Islands Kinglet, Canary Islands Chiffchaff, Berthelot's Pipit, Trumpeter Finch.

• Little Shearwater & Barbary Falcon.

• [Trip Report] 

 

Blue Chaffinch ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Atlantic Canary ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) & Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria)

Two special and striking birds of Tenerife which make up for low avian diversity.

 

3rd

• Crag Martin, Short-toed EagleAtlanterra, Costa de la Luz, Spain. [Trip Report]

2nd

• Southern Grey Shrike, Lesser KestrelLa Janda, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

• Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Griffon VulturePresa de Celemin, Spain.

• Osprey, Black-eared Wheatear,  Emblase de Barbate, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

1st

• Caspian Tern (6), Night Heron (6), Marismas de Barbate, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

 

 

Mar


 

 

31st

• Northern Bald Ibis (21), Km-3.5, Barbate > Zahara de los Atunes, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

 

Northern Bald Ibis ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Caspian Tern ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Northern Bald Ibis (Larus atricilla) & Caspian Tern (Larus atricilla) · Barbate, Costa de la Luz, Spain

One of the (re)introduced Bald Ibises in the Sierra del Retνn. The flock regularly feeds in coastal meadows between Zahara and Barbate. These birds originate from a captive flock in Jerez Zoo and the reintroduction program, Proyecto Eremita, is led by Jose Manuel Lopez Vasquez.

 

30th

• Little Bustard, Calandra Lark, 100 Bee-eatersParque Eolico, Zahara de los Atunes, Spain.

• Purple Swamp-Hen, Black Stork, Short-toed LarkLa Janda, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

29th

• Thekla Lark, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Valle de Ojen, Spain.

28th

• Audouin's Gull, Faro de Trafalgar, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

27th

• Bonelli's Eagle, Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, Andalcuia, Spain.

26th

• Caspian Tern, Marismas de Barbate, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

19th

• Northern Grey Shrike, Castle Semple Loch, Renfrewshire.

 

 

Feb


26th

• Ring-billed Gull (Ad), Isle of Dogs, London.

 

Ring-billed Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Ring-billed Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Adult Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) · Isle of Dogs · London

This is the long-staying/returning individual on the River Thames foreshore opposite Lovell's Wharf. In previous years I've seen it as far north as Wanstead Flats and south of the river in Greenwich Park.

 

25th

• Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Nuthatch in Hampstead Heath, London.

19th

• Peregrine on Millennium Dome, London.

18th

• Bittern & Water Rail (2), Bittern Watchpoint, River Lee Country Park, Essex.

11th

• Bittern, London Wetland Centre WWT, Also Bar-tailed Godwit, Water Rail & Shelduck.

4th

• Laughing Gull (Ad), Ardrossan, Ayrshire.

• Waxwing (4), Capringstone, Dreghorn, Ayrs.

• Mediterranean Gull (2nd-W), Noddsdale Burn, Largs, Ayrs.

• Long-eared Owl, Meiklewood, Kilmarnock, Ayrs.

 

Laughing Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson  Laughing Gull ©2006 Fraser Simpson

Adult Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) · Saltcoats > Ardrossan · Ayrshire

Following the record national influx of this North American gull in late 2005, Ayrshire birder Jason McManus found this adult in late January 2006. This is the fourth record of this species in the county.

 

 

Jan


29th

• Smew,  North Met Pit & Chiffchaff, Cheshunt Pit, River Lee Country Park, Essex.

• First Chaffinch song of the year heard, Turnford Brook, Herts.

22nd

• Hawfinch (2), Turnford Brook, Hertfordshire.

• Bittern & Water Rail, Seventy Acres Lake, Smew (m), North Met Pit, River Lee Country Park, Essex.

 

Starling Roost at Seventy Acres Lake ©Fraser Simpson  Starling Roost at Seventy Acres Lake ©Fraser Simpson

Starling roost forming at Seventy Acres Lake, River Lee Country Park, Lee Valley Park

The creation of Bittern breeding habitat in the form of many new reedbeds appears to be providing some additional benefits. A flock of up to 1000 Starlings were observed gathering before diving into the reedbeds.

 

21st

• Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal, Ruddy Duck, Fieldfare (14), Snipe & Bullfinch, Brent Reservoir, London.

20th

• First White-tailed Bumble Bee of the year, Hendon Central tube station, London.

19th

• Numerous night-singing Robins around 0300h in Hendon, North London.

18th

• First Blackbird song of the year heard, Birchwood, Cheshire.

15th

• Scaup (110), Auchinharvie, Ayrshire.

• Whooper Swan (16 inc 2 juvs), Drybridge, Ayrs.

14th

• Highlights of the Ayrshire Winter Bird Race: Smew (2), Merlin & Goosander (52), Martnaham Loch.

• Tree Sparrow (23), West Plann, Knockentiber; Peregrine, Bogside; Puffin south off Troon.

• Iceland Gull (ad), Troon Harbour; Twite (2) & Long-tailed Duck (5) south, Doonfoot.

•  [Bird Race Article]

7th

• Blackcap (m),  Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London.

4th

• Whooper Swan (14 inc 2 juvs), Drybridge, Ayrshire.

• Tree Sparrow  (18), Knockentiber > Springside Disused Railwayline, Ayrs.

• Ravens at Drybridge & Cunninghamhead, Ayrs.

3rd

• Common Scoter (4), Culzean Bay, Ayrs.

2nd

• Smew (2 redheads), Martnaham Loch, Ayrshire.

1st

• Jack Snipe (2) & Pink-footed Goose over Northcraig Reservoir, Ayrshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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